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By: Mary Jane Kasliner, AAS, BS, ACFSI, CP, E-RYT200
“You must give to nature more than you take. Obey it and the earth will provide you in glorious abundance.”
Historically, civilizations in China, India, the Celtic tribes of England and Europe, Native American Indians, Aborginal tribes in Australia, and many others were intimately connected with nature. There was an innate wisdom and sacredness regarded for Mother Earth. These cultures recognized the importance of living in harmony with the environment and expressed it through rituals and ceremonies intended to bring about balanced energies within their dwellings. Shamans, Priests, or the holy men of the community were called upon to bless the home and remove any negative energy. In some instances these ceremonies represented humanity’s age-old attempt to have a relationship with the unseen realms of life. These ceremonies conformed to the cultural traditions and particular time period in history. Even though these rituals differed from culture to culture, the underlying purpose and intention was always the same. It was all about maintaining a balanced and harmonious relationship with nature and to co-create with Mother Earth instead of having dominion over Her.
Space clearing is a sacred branch of feng shui practice that transforms our living and working spaces into sacred places. In order to understand the purpose of space clearing, it is important to know how energy is processed and how we in turn process it. Essentially, there are seven levels of energy that are contained within the atmosphere. The composition of the environment, externally and internally, determines the level of energy we are exposed to. These levels range from very low to very high. We have all experienced the impact of these levels in the way our physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies feel. For example, when we feel ill, depressed, unmotivated, or just stuck in life, it is a reflection of the energy level within our environment that we are exposed to. On the other hand, high energy levels leave us with feelings of vitality, flashes of instant knowledge, wisdom, and being more spiritually connected.
We are all capable of inhaling this higher energy level at anytime; unfortunately, most of us go through life in a lower level range. Space clearing is a simple way to elevate the existing energy level in your space, and in doing so, increases our own personal energy level and the ability to move through life in an awakened state. I know many of my clients report a change in how their environment feels and how they feel after a space clearing session. It is one of the easiest ways to bring about change in your life and is a wonderful accoutrement to your feng shui applications.
Buildings, homes, and rooms absorb energy from any activity, disturbance, jubilation, or tragedy that occurred in them. The pattern of energy associated with the activity becomes embedded into the very fabric of the home and, as a result, these vibrations of energy become embedded within us contributing to our state of health and well-being. If we examine the energetic component of a building, there is an aura bubble that acts as a protective layer. This bubble extends around the building in two layers. The inner layer has a thickness of approximately two feet and spans outward from the building at approximately four feet in distance. The second layer is approximately three feet in depth and spans out twelve feet from the building. Any energetic vibration from the builders, building materials, and any occupants within the structure all are stored in these two layers. Therefore, it is important to include the house aura during a space clearing ceremony.
Our personal possessions will also lock onto energetic vibrations. Therefore, it is important to assess the objects within our space and decide if they bring energy to us or pull it away. An easy way to determine if an object is draining your energy is to walk through your home room- by-room and observe the items in the space. Notice how they make you feel. Do you smile and feel uplifted, or does it make you feel angry, disgusted, or indifferent? One way to increase the surrounding energy level is to decorate with colors, fabrics, furniture, and objects you love. Every time you see those items, you will feel good, relaxed, and vibrant. This is such an important point in feng shui because our environment is an extension of ourselves, our inner self to be exact. Therefore, during my consultations, I always point out the significance of decorating with objects that have deep meaning for my client. If there is any object they feel uncomfortable with, I recommend they remove it from the space because in essence they are telling the universe there is something they do not like about themselves.
Why Space Clearing Can Maintain Healthy Living
Karen Kingston is a world-renowned energy worker who specializes in the branch of feng shui known as space clearing. Much of her knowledge and experience is based on the Balinese people, priest, and shaman. One of the most profound concepts followed by the Balinese people is called Sekala (the seen world) and Niskala (the unseen world). The Balinese understand that everything in the physical world is the result of its counterpart in the unseen world. This is the same concept that Dr. Wayne Dyer discusses in his book “Manifest Your Destiny.” It’s about transforming energy into your own reality, and in order to transform energy, it needs a catalyst to do so.
The primary catalyst for the Balinese people is their ability to integrate their material world with their spiritual one. Here in the west, we tend to separate the two and, as a result, life can be more difficult and joyless. Like the Balinese people, Dr. Wayne Dyer suggests the same concept of integrating both worlds in order to manifest all things in your life. The connection between the spirit and the material world should be one and not separate. The common denominator in these concepts is living in tune with nature, or God’s world. Living close to the land puts us in sync with the universe allowing all else to naturally fall into place. When we disconnect ourselves from the earth, it causes a domino effect separating ourselves from our surroundings and each other. Feng shui provides that direct connection to nature and the ability to feel the energy within our surroundings.
There are a number of space clearing techniques that can be utilized to consecrate your space. Whether you choose to waft natural herbs, burn incenses, sound bells, clap, or spray essential oils, is your choice. The key is to be comfortable with the ceremonial procedure and have a clear intention before, during, and after the process.
Space clearing and consecration ceremonies are a wonderful catalyst to begin the transformation process in your life. It is a simple way to elevate the existing energy level in your space, and in doing so, increases your own personal energy level. This process of transmuting energy can assist us during difficult times like illness, divorce, separation, death, arguments, financial hardships, or any reoccurring problem. At the very least, clearing the energy within our environment helps us move through life in an awakened state.
Creating a Sacred Room
From a feng shui perspective, the home is an extension of our body, our well-being, and our livelihood. Throughout my book, “The Feng Shui Connection To A Healthy Life” available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, the emphasis always comes down to our immediate surroundings. With that in mind, it is important to go a step further and create a space within your environment that you can go to on a daily basis to renew your soul and spirit. A room in the northeastern sector of your home works very well, as the energy resonates to self-cultivation and spirituality. Decorate this space with seven key components to nurture the mind, body, and soul.
1. Sacred Objects: These objects can be religious icons, spiritual books or CD’s, any thing that represents spirituality to you, or the dreams you are manifesting for this world. You can actually create a small alter in this space that should include the four natural Greek elements (earth, wind or air, fire and water). Examples of the earth element are a crystal, healthy plant, or fresh flowers since they actually come from the earth. The fragrance of incense, essential oils, or a feather represents the wind or air energy. Candles illuminating a light source represent the fire energy. And finally, a fresh bowl of water acts as a purifier for the soul and obviously will represent the water energy.
2. Incense and Candles: The scent generated from incense represents a spiritual offering. In many religions, incense is an integral part of the ceremony and elevates the energy level within the space. The candles represent the light or the soul’s illumination.
3. Natural Elements: Incorporating nature’s elements into this space will bring us closer to connecting with the awesome energy of the universe. Plants, rocks, and crystals are just a few examples of natural elements that will augment this connection.
4. Water: Water is a source of nurturing, healing, and spiritual purification. Incorporating a water source in this room in the form of a fountain can be very spiritual and uplifting. The sounds created by the water can be very powerful and should mimic the sounds of a babbling brook, or stream in nature.
5. Life Force: Life force energy reminds us of the never-ending energy source in the universe. Energy cannot die; it simply changes its form. Therefore, by incorporating life forces in this space it can connect us to the infinite energy within our soul. Life force can be anything from fish, fresh flowers, to a healthy plant.
6. Color: Color is one of the most powerful elements within a space that can elevate the energy level and heal the mind, body and soul. It is thought that our soul emits a bright white light that is integrated throughout our physical body in our chakra system creating other color vibrations. Adding touches of purple to this sacred space will resonate to the seventh chakra, our highest energy level, or spiritual realm. In traditional Buddhist monasteries, the colors red, yellow, blue, green, white and black are also used to support and sustain the spirituality of your life.
7. Sacred Shapes of Geometry: Geometric shapes represent the stages of “Becoming.” It allows a direct access to the spiritual and material forces of creation. The ancients believed that by incorporating symbols of sacred geometry into the architecture would allow the soul to grow. These ancient earth designers constructed sacred patterns into their temples, monuments, and other structures in honor of their spiritual essence.
In order to fully understand the dynamics behind sacred geometry, one must realize the world is a natural phenomenon that is comprised of geometric forms. For example, this can be seen in our bodies as the double helix of DNA, in the structure of the cornea in the eye, and every other part of the body that follows this same predictable pattern. In the environment, it can be seen in the reoccurring shapes and fractals of leaves, flowers, seeds, the pattern of honeybees and other insects that live structured lives, the crystalline form of gems and stones, the swirl of a nautilus shell, the movement of the tides, the solar system, and the cycles of the moon. Sacred geometry is replicated in the vibrations of music (notes), the grid patterns seen on earth (ley lines), and in religious symbols, especially in Judaism, Christianity, and Hinduism.
These geometric forms have been a constant source of inspiration to scientists, philosophers, artists, musicians, and architects around the world. The perfect harmony displayed in these geometric forms always equals a measurement of (1.6180339887) and therefore was given the term of “The Golden Mean” or “Golden Ratio.” This led Sir James Jeans, a British scientist during the mid 1800’s, to pose the famous question: “Is God a mathematician?”
The ancient Greeks were also very interested in the Golden Ratio; as a result, it is seen in many works of art and architecture including the famous pyramids. The famous Fibonacci sequence (1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,…), where the generation of numbers occurs by adding the previous two numbers in the list together to form the next number, produces the Golden Ratio if you divide any number in the sequence by the one before it (55/34) = 1.61803. This configuration represents the search for absolute truth, love, or God.
When these symbolic number principles are incorporated within building and room designs, it can have a profound effect on us. Since our dwellings are seen as an extension of ourselves, by creating spaces that support our dynamic being it can sharpen our senses, improve our physical body, and reconnect us to our divine nature. When we choose to build and design our spaces with more synthetic materials rather than natural materials, we are disregarding nature in the process. Therefore, we shut down our true nature and, as a result, this can lead to disharmony, imbalance, and disease. There is an old Chinese proverb that says, “When there is order in the house, there is order in the nation, where there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world.” Below are some ideas of how to incorporate sacred symbols and the Golden Mean Ratio into your space.
o Labyrinths: A labyrinth is simply a system of paths that can be easy to get lost in. The design of a labyrinth eases the mind into a meditative state. You can create a small labyrinth in your yard or garden by simply creating pathways with hedges, shrubs, stones, or mosaic tiles. You can also purchase a geometric pattern of a labyrinth and hang it on the wall of your sacred room, or area where you meditate. This geometric form activates the subconscious mind and symbolizes a winding path to the divine source.
o Nautilus Shell: Keep a nautilus shell or ammonite fossil displayed in your home. The spiral shape conforms to the Golden Mean Ratio and exudes divine harmony.
o Mandala: Mandala is Sanskrit for circle and symbolizes transformation, healing and unity with the creator. A mandala can be placed on a coffee table or shelf. You can purchase a sand tray mandala with a swinging pendulum. When the pendulum moves it will create a sacred design formation in the sand.
o Plants: Living plants represent the geometric aspect in nature known as fractals. The way leaves grow around the stem and the veining of the leaf is a sacred principle that will keep you connected to nature.
o Spiral Designs: Any spiral designs creating a swirling movement rotating downward to a center point, then upward, are extremely powerful sacred shapes. Many times Native American pottery depicts these designs.
o Sacred Shapes: Incorporate seashells, crystals, ferns, leaves, circles, triangles, pyramids, cubes, and hexagons in your space.
o Artwork: Incorporate art with landscape scenes, flowers, or spiral designs.
o Kaleidoscope: Get a Kaleidoscope and add it to your room décor. Use it frequently and experience the sacred shapes created by the movement. The best ones to use are those that have the small color chips.
o Golden Mean Ratio: You can incorporate the Golden Mean ratio in any room that is odd shaped. Simply measure the width of the room and then multiply it by the Golden Mean Ratio (1.618) to find the perfect length. For example, a room with a width of 14 feet multiplied by 1.618 equals 22.652 or 23 feet. This is the perfect length for a room that is 14 feet wide. Simply design the furniture around these dimensions and create a separate area for any additional odd space. This works especially well when a room is long and narrow. You may also use this same concept in an odd shape yard. You can delineate the divine proportion area from another area by planting a natural barrier with hedges or shrubbery.
The human body resonates to nature on a cellular and conscious level. By designing our spaces with nature’s symbols and geometric forms found in those symbols, we then can create a space that nurtures us instead of one that drains us. This type of architecture and interior design supports the principles of universal harmony and nurtures our own senses and creativity in life.
About the Author:
Mary Jane Kasliner is a professional Accredited Feng Shui Consultant of the London Institute and Nationally Certified in Hatha Yoga. She is the owner of Body Space Alignment and the Teaching Tortoise School of Feng Shui. She has received world-wide media coverage by the Associated Press and CN8 Television. Mary Jane is the author of Love, Happiness And Feng Shui, The Feng Shui Connection To a Healthy Life, Mother Nature – A Bridge to Conscious Living, feng shui design CD, and 15 feng shui training programs. Mary Jane can be reached by visiting her website: www.fengshuiyoganj.com.